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I do waaaaayyyyy too much laundry! I'm a massage therapist with two daughters. As you may imagine, I wash lots of clothes and sheets sheets sheets. I definitely need to reduce my impact and utility bill. I have a tiny city lot that will be largely garden beds next spring- so I need a very compact system. Has anyone used this one with any success? <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FWhitney-4000-30-Line-Outdoor-Parallel-Style%2Fdp%2FB0018DVN04" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Whitney-4000-3.../dp/B0018DVN04</a><br>
Is it sturdy and user friendly?<br>
Any line drying advice to a newbie?<br><br>
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I have the traditional T-post (other end connected to the house) and lines in between. I considered going with what you posted, but we have plenty of room for the T-post system.<br><br>
Really, I just wanted to say that after you come up with a system for line-drying, you will truly love it. I have enjoyed every minute of hanging up clothes and taking them down...and it's just something about bringing fresh, clean-smelling sheets inside after you enjoy watching them flap around in the breeze <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/treehugger.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Treehugger">:
 

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My grandma had one of those, but I was too young to appriciate it. She dried a lot of clothes on it though, so I'm sure it'll serve the purpose.<br><br>
My family prefers the T posts, so that's what I use.
 

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We just started line drying clothes (we've dried diapers in the sun for years). We use a fold-up wooden rack that can be put away between drying. It works ok. For bigger blankets we put them out in the garage to dry.
 

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Do you live somewhere humid? I've hear that the inside clothes don't get dry with that kind of thing. Only in real dry places do the inside layers get dry. Haven't tried it myself.<br><br>
Sheets should dry pretty quick tho.<br><br>
Anyone have tips for indoor line drying? We don't have a lot of space.
 

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Yes, we have some pretty humid days in the summer. Not terrible, though. We have been able to live without air conditioning except for a couple days a year when my mom comes over. If that's an indication...<br>
I was wondering if there was enough space between articles to allow for proper drying, though. I wish I had more space to spread things out more- but I just don't. Oh, if only I could somehow fulfill my fantasy of standing on a verdant breezy hillside in a super cute handmade apron removing fresh billowy linens from the line.... Ahhhhh.
 

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We have that clothes hanger...or one very similar to it...and we love it. You can get three full loads on there and they dry FAST.
 

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We LOVE this one:<br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FCrawford-Lehigh-LA84P-1-Capacity-Parallel-Clothes%2Fdp%2FB0009WG6O8%2Fref%3Dsr_1_2%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dhome-garden%26qid%3D1223988933%26sr%3D1-2" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Crawford-Lehig...3988933&sr=1-2</a><br><br>
The only part you cement into the ground is a small plastic sleeve. The actual dryer folds up and is very lightweight, so you could literally take the whole thing out of the ground when you're not using it. We ended up using ours so much that it just stays in the ground most of the time! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I have never found that spacing of the clothes was a problem... and you can get a BOAT LOAD of laundry on this thing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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We have several bird feeders in our back yard, and I'm worried about them doing a poo on my laundry. Is there any way to discourage that, other than to quit feeding them?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I was wondering if there was enough space between articles to allow for proper drying, though. I wish I had more space to spread things out more- but I just don't. Oh, if only I could somehow fulfill my fantasy of standing on a verdant breezy hillside in a super cute handmade apron removing fresh billowy linens from the line.... Ahhhhh.</div>
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OMG I have that same fantasy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br><br>
I envy you line dryers. My allergies are so bad I can't breath at all when I used to line dry <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Are you near an Ikea? they have a great metal drying rack that folds up flat! I have one and it's lasted over 6 years! it's great! if you are not near an ikea they might have one like it at Bed Bath and Beyond or something. You can also get 2 of them for more space for drying. I would rec. a fold up one since you are in the city.<br><br>
Check it out:<br><br><a href="http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50095091" target="_blank">http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50095091</a>
 

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No. I'm actually in a humid region - southwestern Pennsylvania. I was a bit concerned about a rack like this that the clothing wouldn't be able to get completely dry but I've been really surprised and pleased with it.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We have several bird feeders in our back yard, and I'm worried about them doing a poo on my laundry. Is there any way to discourage that, other than to quit feeding them?</div>
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We used to string a line between a pole and our willow tree, and our clothes became a birdie outhouse. We eventually <a href="http://www.clotheslineshop.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=C&Product_Code=01000&Category_Code=OCI" target="_blank">bought a clothesline</a> and located it far and away from trees and feeders. No poo yet. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> If you have a small yard, though, you may not be able to be as particular.<br><br>
To the OP, I honestly don't care for the umbrella lines. We were constantly fussing with tightening the strings to get it "just right." If you have enough space, the one that I linked above is ideal, IMHO. You still have to tighten from time to time, but it's much easier. Also, it's so strong that I can hang even comforters and my dog's big bed!<br><br>
You're on the right track getting a clothesline, though. Between banning the dryer and keeping the house at 84F this summer, we never had a power bill over 50 bucks. For my area, that's amazing.
 

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YESYESYES! We have that exact one.<br><br>
If it is a sunny day, at least 75 degrees I can fill the whole thing up by lunch and it is dry by dinner.<br><br>
On a cloudy day or in the spring/fall I fill every other line, which still fits about 2.5 loads of laundry. Occasionally if it is really chilly or damp, I take things in and run them in the dryer for 10 minutes to make sure they aren't damp when I put away.<br><br>
I LOVE this clothesline. Did I mention that already? I looked at the umbrella types at home depot, and this is much nicer.
 

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That Tbar does look like a nice sturdy line. I wish I had the room for it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">. After reading a few reviews, it seems that I might be better off with a steel version of the umbrella rather than the aluminum one. The price isn't that much higher. It sounds like there were too many problems with the alum. umbrella either arriving damaged or becoming so too soon. Thanks everyone for the great suggestions! I tried suggesting to my DH that we should move somewhere with some land so I could hang my laundry- but apparently it's not a good time to move<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">.
 

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I have not used an outside line, but I have hung stuff up inside. Not my best bet, but our dryer isn't drying well and don't want to buy a new one. I dry stuff inside and then put in the dryer for a quick round to fluff everything up. Our electricity bill has gone down!
 

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These are the best.<br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fs%3Fie%3DUTF8%26search-alias%3Dgarden%26field-brandtextbin%3DHills" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&sear...dtextbin=Hills</a>
 

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I line dry and I love it, but I have more space outside. I have a friend who used her basement to hang clothes (just strung line around the room) and used a dehumidifier to dry them. Much less electricity than a dryer! It might be a good alternative for winter.
 
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